Definitions for abbreviateəˈbri viˌeɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ab•bre•vi•ate*əˈbri viˌeɪt(v.)-at•ed, -at•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to shorten (a word or phrase) by omitting letters, substituting shorter forms, etc., so that the shortened form can represent the whole word or phrase.

  2. to reduce in length, duration, etc.; make briefer:

    to abbreviate a speech.

  3. (v.i.)to use abbreviations.

* Syn: See shorten.

Origin of abbreviate:

1400–50; late ME < ML abbreviātus, ptp. of abbreviāre to shorten = L ad-ad - +-breviāre, v. der. of brevis short

ab•bre′vi•a•to`ry-vi əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. abridge, foreshorten, abbreviate, shorten, cut, contract, reduce(verb)

    reduce in scope while retaining essential elements

    "The manuscript must be shortened"

  2. abbreviate(verb)


    "Abbreviate `New York' and write `NY'"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abbreviate(verb)

    to make briefer; to shorten; to abridge; to reduce by contraction or omission, especially of words written or spoken

  2. Abbreviate(verb)

    to reduce to lower terms, as a fraction

  3. Abbreviate(adj)

    abbreviated; abridged; shortened

  4. Abbreviate(adj)

    having one part relatively shorter than another or than the ordinary type

  5. Abbreviate(noun)

    an abridgment

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to shorten (a word, phrase etc)

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